Insider’s Guide to the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee – Memorable Moments

Last night, we attended an awards banquet at which the top 15 finalists were honored. Afterwards, spellers went to a farewell dance party. The party is my favorite part of Bee Week because it’s a time to celebrate and relax!

One of the most memorable moments of this year’s Bee was when Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton: An American Revolution, responded to a tweet about me with a “Go Tara!” I am a HUGE fan of Lin-Manual Miranda so this was a very exciting moment for me!

The Scripps National Spelling Bee celebrated its 90th Bee this year. To commemorate this milestone, Rookwood Pottery created a beautiful work of pottery for each speller. It features 4 books, each of which is inscribed with a different message relating to the Bee’s mission to “Inspire” students to “Discover” and “Achieve.” I will always treasure this amazing piece of pottery.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey with me! I have one year of eligibility left and I plan on working hard to make it back to the Scripps National Spelling Bee next year.

 

 

 

 

 

Insider’s Guide to the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee – Washington D.C.

Today many spellers were able to leisurely enjoy the sights of Washington D.C. In past years, my family has gone to the National Archives, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the Natural History Museum. Last year, thanks to Congressman John Yarmuth of KY, we visited the White House and enjoyed a private tour of the Capitol Building.

This year, we decided to take the water taxi from National Harbor to the National Mall. We enjoyed the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. It was a good day to relax and reflect on the past year and plan for the year ahead – there is yet so much more to learn and I’m excited to begin the journey again but first I’m going to take a much needed break!

Tonight I look forward to the Awards Banquet and the party afterwards!

Insider’s Guide to the 2017 National Spelling Bee – A champion is declared!

The 2017 Scripps Spelling Bee champion is Ananya Vinay of Fresno, CA.  Ananya was letter-perfect through 34 rounds. The winning word was marocain, a ribbed crepe fabric used in women’s clothing.

Congratulations also to Rohan Rajeev, an eighth grader from OK, who was the runner-up in this year’s Bee.

Insider’s Guide to the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee – Finals (Part 1)

The Finals started this morning at 10:00 a.m. with 40 spellers.  Rounds 4-7 were tough and the words got progressively harder. At the end of Round 7, 15 spellers remained and will continue to spell tonight in the Championship Finals. I missed my Round 6 word, “piatti,” the Italian word for cymbals. My final ranking this year is 18 – a slight improvement over last year’s 22nd.

The best part of this morning was sitting near some AWESOME people who made me smile and feel more relaxed on stage. Thank you Siyona, Shourav, Jashun, Alex, and Naysa.

Good luck to all of the remaining Finalists!

Insider’s Guide to the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee – Rounds 2 and 3

Hello everyone! Round 2 of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee commenced this morning. The round started with 291 spellers and ended with 259 spellers. A total of 32 spellers missed their words in this round and were eliminated from the competition. In Round 3, 71 spellers incorrectly spelled their words which left a total of 188 spellers in the competition.

In Round 2, I correctly spelled miniver, a white fur worn by medieval nobles and used chiefly for robes of state In Round 3, I correctly spelled Guamanian, which means “of or related to the inhabitants of Guam.”

Up to fifty spellers with the highest scores through Round 3 move onto the Finals which occur tomorrow morning and end in the evening. I was ecstatic when my name was announced to be one of 40 Finalists!

Congratulations to all the other Finalists in the Bee and good luck!

Insider’s Guide to the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee – Round 1

Round 1 of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee commenced today with the Preliminaries Written Test. The test contained 12 spelling words worth one point each and 12 vocabulary words also worth one point each. There were an additional two vocabulary words worth 3 points each – one of these words came from a study list provided by the Bee while the other one came from the dictionary. The total number of points that can be accrued in Round 1 is 30. As soon the written test becomes available, I will be sure to post it so you can test your spelling and vocabulary knowledge!

The onstage rounds start tomorrow morning; each of the words in Round 2 and Round 3 is worth 3 points each. If a speller misses onstage, he/she is eliminated from the competition. Up to fifty spellers with the most number of points after Round 3 move on to the Finals which are on Thursday. Finalists will be announced after Round 3 tomorrow evening.

Insider’s Guide to the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee – Nationals Park and Opening Ceremony

Today spellers and their families were treated to a Memorial Day barbecue at Nationals Park, home to the Washington Nationals baseball team and it was quite a thrilling experience! We enjoyed face painting, batting cages, crafts, and inflatables and got a chance to interact with many other families. The Nationals team mascots, “Screech,” “George,” and “Abe” were also there and many spellers did not miss the opportunity to take some “spellfies” with them. This was also a great opportunity to meet other spellers and collect more autographs in my Bee Keeper.

At the Opening Ceremony this evening, we were introduced to Scripps Spelling Bee staff, volunteers, and Bee officials including the pronouncer, Dr. Jacques Bailly, and the head judge, Mrs. Mary Brooks. Tomorrow is the first official day of competition; it begins in the morning with the preliminary written exam (Round 1). On Wednesday, Round 2 and Round 3 will take place on stage.

Good luck to all the spellers competing in the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee!